Sep 292011

Now that the “early” access for pre-orderers is over, the Battlefield 3 “don’t call this a demo” beta is open to all, on the platform of your choice. All the juicy details are here, and if you’re playing on the PC, be sure to update your drivers, as described here.

I had a chance to check out the beta, and can say the gameplay is mostly what you’d expect from the next BF game, with some pretty great visuals.  The Battlelog stuff, as I previously speculated about here is a mixed bag, but has a lot of potential assuming DICE can streamline and optimize the experience.  Now’s the time to stop taking everyone else’s word for it and decide for yourself, no strings attached.  Get downloading, soldier!


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  5 Responses to “Battlefield 3 beta now open to all”

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  1. So, what do you think so far now that you have gotten some more game time in?

  2. Really buggy. There’s a great game in there, but it’s sometimes hard to find.

    Apparently the beta is a build from August, and they have just about another month to tighten things up. Two months from beta to release might be enough to make it playable, but overall this beta feels rougher than BC2’s did.

    Btw, the game is paced pretty differently from BC2 – weapons feel more lethal, like in CoD4. I actually prefer BC2’s slightly slower pace, but we’ll see how this works out.

  3. I do not get the point of releasing a “beta” on months old code. Why not ship the latest so that people can test that out vs. things that have supposedly been fixed.

  4. I especially wonder that about an MP game. Sure, in a SP demo you have to build a subset of the gameworld specifically for the demo, and that takes time – but in a game like this you basically just post one map and call it a day. I know it’s a little more involved than that, but it can’t take more than a person-day or two, can it? Seriously, I don’t know – am I totally off-base?

  5. Any news on Battlefield 4?

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